The Adoption Home Study
The Adoption Home Study is a written biography of your family, conducted according to regulations set forth by the California Department of Social Services. Families For Children will conduct the Home Study process in a way that will allow the prospective
adoptive parents to go through a phase of self-discovery and self-study rather than an investigative
process on the part of the agency. One of our Adoption Social Workers will review questionnaires you filled
out from the application packet and conduct interviews individually and as a couple. The worker reviews the information gathered and identifies each family's strengths and challenges in relation to adopting a child.
Prior to certification as an adoptive parent, you will have an opportunity
to review your home study and verify its accuracy.
- The Home Study consists of at least three separate face-to-face contacts with prospective adoptive family members.
- Each family member will be interviewed individually.
- After individual interviews, a couple will be jointly interviewed.
- Other family members, including children, will be interviewed individually.
- Additional follow up interviews may be arranged if necessary.
Factors Considered in the Home Study Assessment
The Home Study will take the following factors into consideration:
- Family dynamics and communication style.
- Openness to change.
- Family stability.
- Family history.
- Exploration of marriage and/or relationship history.
- Expectations of children's needs and development.
- Motivation in undertaking adoptive parenting.
- Former parenting experience.
- Understanding of the commitment of the adoption process.
This is also the time when you will decide the age, gender, ethnic background and number of children you feel would be the best match for your family.
The home safety check is the first step in the Home Study process. An agency Social Worker will visit and
review a list of State required safety items and precautions with you. All requirements do not have to be
fulfilled on the first visit, however they must be completed prior to certification of your home. You may
View the Home Safety Check
in Adobe PDF format.
An important feature of the Home Study process at Families For Children is the educational work
done at home, consisting of assigned reading material and research of community resources available
to the child being considered for adoption and the actual experience in dealing with the kind of
child to be adopted. This is especially valuable for parents who make the decision to adopt children
with physical and/or mental disabilities.
What Might Delay or Result In Denial Of An Adoption Homestudy?
- Certain criminal and/or child abuse history of the applicant(s).
- Specific mental or physical health issues that may impair parenting a child.
- Major family stressor such as:
- The recent death or serious illness of a close family member.
- Unresolved infertility issues.
- Unresolved marital conflict or recent divorce.
- Inadequate bedroom capacity or unsafe housing
- Inadequate finances, debt burden, outstanding financial judgments that may impair the ability to meet monthly expenses.
- Another adoption or fertility treatment currently in process.
The above is not a complete list. However, it gives a general idea of case specific issues that would cause concern in an adoption homestudy. Applicant(s) could be asked to seek services and/or counseling to address identified concerns prior to completion of homestudy.
What Costs are Involved?
There are no agency or home study fees for Adoptive parents who are adopting a child through Families For Children's Concurrent Plan and Matching programs. In addition, Adoptive parents receive a monthly reimbursement to cover the child's expenses until the adoption is finalized. After the adoption is finalized, continued funding is provided to adoptive parents through AAP (Adoption Assistance Program) until the child reaches 18. All of the child's medical expenses are covered by Medi-Cal until the age of 18.
Costs to adoptive parents are limited to LiveScan fees, CPR/First Aid costs, a DMV printout and routine physical and T.B. test. All of these non-recurring expenditures are reimbursable up to $400 at the finalization of the adoption.
Adoption proceedings are closed hearings, separate and distinct from dependency proceedings. Your adoption files are strictly confidential.
Applicants are required to sign a "Home Study Release Form" which authorizes us to transmit your homestudy to County Adoption Workers for review in consideration of placing a child in your home. Your home study is otherwise strictly confidential and will not be released without your approval.